Following Jesus • 41 / Belief and trust

Read This: John 2:23-25 So much hangs on belief. From consequential decisions to daily choices, what we believe shapes our seventy years — and the people following in our wake. The question is, what shapes our belief? Ideally, it's rooted in careful study, reliable testimony, or first-hand experience. Yet, we’re relational and emotional creatures. Many of … Continue reading Following Jesus • 41 / Belief and trust

Five tips for writing a book introduction

When you buy a novel, you’re paying for a story. That’s why storytellers drop readers into the deep end. Never keep a customer waiting. Nonfiction isn’t much different. Readers buy books to reap benefits — whether it’s to be entertained, learn how to pray, or understand another culture. They want to go somewhere, and your introduction … Continue reading Five tips for writing a book introduction

Following Jesus • 40 / Homecoming and housecleaning

Read This: John 2:13-22 When He was twelve, Jesus spent the Passover in Jerusalem with His family. They went every year, but His twelfth year visit was noteworthy. When everyone else left for home, Jesus stayed behind. It took several days of frantic searching before Mary and Joseph found Him. He was in the temple … Continue reading Following Jesus • 40 / Homecoming and housecleaning

Following Jesus • 39 / Jesus makes a key decision

Read This: John 2:12 Tucked between Jesus’ first miracle and His three years of public life is a quiet verse rarely addressed in commentaries. Jesus, with His family and disciples, stayed in Capernaum for a few days. This quick trip signals Jesus making a decision. After thirty years of living at home in Nazareth, Jesus … Continue reading Following Jesus • 39 / Jesus makes a key decision

Following Jesus • 38 / Following Jesus is simple

Read This: John 2:1-11 Following Jesus may take effort. The servants in this story filled six large pots with 180 gallons of water. That’s hard work. But the idea is simple. As Mary said, “Do whatever He tells you.” For their trouble, those servants experienced something supernatural, firsthand. All that water became all that wine. The … Continue reading Following Jesus • 38 / Following Jesus is simple

Following Jesus • 37 / There’s no better person to follow

Read This: John 2:1-11 Now we’re moving into the story. Jesus, fresh from His baptism and temptations, is attending a wedding. His mother, siblings, and disciples are there, and they’re not merely guests. Mary feels some ownership, whether as a concerned friend or in a hostessing role we’re not told. But when the wine runs … Continue reading Following Jesus • 37 / There’s no better person to follow

Following Jesus • 36 / Followers are intentional

Read This: John 1:35-51 At first glance, the men in this story (Andrew, John, Peter, Philip, and Nathanael) seem to follow Jesus suddenly. He appears and they follow. Was that the case? Becoming a disciple was not a trifle. They were committing themselves to a life change. Why did they respond so quickly? Because they … Continue reading Following Jesus • 36 / Followers are intentional